What were the most popular selling vehicles in 2008? While some of the names on this list won't surprise you, some experts are saying that 2008 could be one of the last years where trucks are the best-selling models overall. If you're in the market for a new car or truck, it's useful to keep this list in mind to see what other consumers have bought, but don't be afraid to stray from convention. Ultimately the best choice for your next car can only be what's right for you, not only what's popular.
197,279 Units Sold: Honda helped kick-start the compact crossover segment back in 1996 with its first CR-V. Now in its third-generation, the CR-V continues to offer just the right mix of space, style, efficiency and reliability for the 197,279 who drove one off the lot in 2008.
245,840 Units Sold: Dodge made a big splash in 1994 when it introduced "big rig" styling to the non-commercial pickup market, and the latest version carries that same theme a step further with all-new styling and the market's only coil-over rear suspension arrangement. Two trucks sold more than the Dodge's 245,840 units, but there are a few cars wedged firmly in between.
265,840 Units Sold: The current Chevy Impala may not conjure up the same memories that its fullsize V8-powered forebears earned, but it's still an excellent seller for General Motors with a total of 265,840 sold in 2008.
269,668 Units Sold: Nissan's best selling vehicle is its Altima midsize sedan, which earned 269,668 total sales in 2008. The Altima is a relative newcomer to the scene, having hit the market in 1993 and now in its third-generation. Only four cars and two trucks managed to outsell the Altima last year.
339,289 Units Sold:The Civic compact sedan marks Honda's second of three spots on the list of top sellers in 2008, with a total of 339,289 units sold. First introduced way back in 1972 as a 2-door coupe, and it's currently in its 8th generation.
351,007 Units Sold: Toyota's compact Corolla sedan is now in its 10th generation, and it continues to build on its successful formula of offering as reliable a car as possible for a relatively low price. That tried-and-true plan netted Toyota 351,007 buyers in 2008.
372,789 Units Sold: Honda has carved a sizable niche for itself out of the midsize sedan market by continually refining its high-quality, high-technology and extremely reliable sedan, the Accord. Honda's 372,789 Accord sales was enough to earn it the number 4 spot. Only one other car outsold the Accord.
436,617 Units Sold: Toyota, and specifically the midsize Camry sedan, has a well-earned reputation of providing transportation for the masses of Americans that just want to get from one place to another with a reasonable amount of style and a great deal of reliability. Those virtues were enough to earn the Camry some 436,617 sales, making it the best-selling passenger car in America.
465,065 Units Sold: The Chevy Silverado is the perennial second-best seller here in the U.S. and it again earns that title for 2008 with a total of 465,065 units sold, despite the slowdown in truck sales due to record-high gasoline prices over the summer months. Care to guess guess what vehicle has again kept its crown for the year that just was?
515,513 Units Sold: This is the 12th generation of Ford's fullsize pickup truck, and it manages to retain the mantle of the best-selling vehicle in the United States for the 23rd straight year. Still, its 515,513 sales pales in comparison to that of its heyday in the mid-2000s, when the Blue Oval sold nearly a million F-150s each year.